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Research Fellow - Physics and Astronomy

University of Birmingham - School of Physics and Astronomy

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £31,406 to £40,927 with potential progression once in post to £43,434
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 1st December 2021
Closes: 1st February 2022
Job Ref: 12098

Position Details

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £31,406 to £40,927, with potential progression once in post to £43,434.

Grade 7

Full Time, Fixed Term contract up to 30.04.2024.

Background

The Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy and Cold Atoms Group at the University of Birmingham invite applications for two 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowships in Experimental Quantum Optics.

The aim of the project is to build a quantum-enhanced interferometer and search for axion-like-particles in the galactic halo. The post will focus on building the source of quantum light for the 5-m long Birmingham interferometer. A successful project will probe axion-light interactions in a so-far unexplored regime. The post will also include short trips to Cardiff University in order to help commission two sources of quantum light for the local experiments (managed by Dr Katherine Dooley and Prof Hartmut Grote).

Role Summary

  • Perform experimental and theoretical work on laser interferometry and quantum measurements
  • Analyse and interpret research findings and results
  • Contribute to new grant applications to extend funding of the project
  • Initiate and conduct original research that has measurable outcomes and is reflected in international reputation
  • Plan, design, and coordinate research activities and programs
  • Contribute to the development of research strategies
  • Publish results of own research
  • Contribute to the supervision of Ph.D. students
  • Develop and make substantial contributions to public engagement activities, widening participation, and schools outreach activities

Main Duties

  • Develop a source of squeezed states of light to search to enhance the sensitivity of the Birmingham axion detector
  • Present findings in publications and conferences
  • Develop novel methodologies and quantum noise suppression techniques
  • Provide expert advice to colleagues and students within the discipline
  • Develop and make substantial contributions to public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University
  • Contribute to the administrative activities within the University, typically relating to research
  • Apply knowledge in a way that develops a new intellectual understanding

Person Specification

You should hold, or should be close to completing, a PhD in experimental research in any of the following areas: quantum optics, particle physics or gravitational-wave detection. You will have the full support of an expert team and we will provide training for those areas you are less familiar with. 

  • High-level analytical capability
  • First degree in area of specialism and normally, a higher degree relevant to research area of equivalent qualifications
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
  • Contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project
  • Co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort
  • Willingness to learn new techniques and topics related to the project

Informal inquiries to Dr Denis Martynov ( D.Martynov@bham.ac.uk ), Dr Vincent Boyer (v.boyer@bham.ac.uk), and Dr Katherine Dooley (DooleyK@cardiff.ac.uk). 

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below or visit our careers website;

https://bham.taleo.net/careersection/external/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en&portal=101430233, please quote Job Ref 12098 in all enquiries.

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